Watch: Police discover Umhlanga Dagga’s laboratory


By Jolene Marriedah-Maharaj November 20, 2020

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Durban – Police on Thursday discovered a lab with a dagga worth R2m in Umhlanga.

They said two people had to appear in court.

According to KZN police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, Durban Nord SAPS, assisted by a private security company, embarked on a special operation at the corner of Umhlanga Rocks Drive and Margaret Maytom Avenue.

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Police from the Dagga laboratory were discovered in Umhlanga. Image: SAPS

“The team acted on the basis of information about illegal activities taking place in one of the premises.

“When they arrived at the house, they were greeted by two occupants and a search was then carried out inside the house.

“After searching the premises, the police discovered a dagga laboratory. A total of 400 dagga plants, large amounts of dried cannabis, ready-to-distribute cannabis oils, and cannabis manufacturing and processing equipment were seized by police.

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Police found large quantities of cannabis and cannabis oils ready for distribution. Image: SAPS

Mbele said two suspects – aged 25 and 30 – were also found in possession of an illegal firearm with 28 rounds.

They were charged with drug trafficking.

In another incident, a 26-year-old suspect is scheduled to appear in Wentworth Magistrates’ Court on charges of drug trafficking and dagga.

Wentworth Police searched an apartment on Weist Road and found the suspect in possession of drugs, the police spokesperson said.

“27 packets of cocaine powder, 57 ecstasy tablets, 41 packets of dagga tobacco, 20 clear plastic bags containing dagga and a moon of rock cocaine were found.

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Cocaine, ecstasy tablets and dagga worth 60,000 rand were confiscated. Image: SAPS

“The total value of the drugs recovered is estimated at R60,000. Cash of R4,620 suspected of being the drug product was also seized from the suspect, ”Mbele said.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula congratulated the team. “We are also appealing to members of the community to ensure that they report to the police anyone who deals drugs in their area,” he said.



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